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All Those Emails

As KK continues to grow, the emails I receive on a weekly basis also grows.

I answer a few of them today at NHL.com.

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Why The Delay?

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over. His right arm twitches slightly. His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming. Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side. The blow coldcocked Cornsbie….

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players. It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series—only to have the senior league official take little or no action. And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.


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Culture Change Needed When It Comes To Head Shots

Mark Spector of Sportsnet on the head hits topic.

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The NHL Needs A Forward Thinking Leader

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

What a thing it would be for hockey to have someone at the helm who could ride the momentum from the Olympics, who could grab the owners by their lapels and say forget your dead-end ideas, now is the time to take a leap, to think internationally and reap big rewards down the road. Someone who could forge a relationship with the players based on real mutual interests rather than threats.

Why leave Europe to the KHL, close the doors opened by the Olympic experience, when the alternative is the same-old, same-old game of diminishing returns?

Barring a remarkable transformation, Bettman just isn’t that guy. And for hockey and those who love it, that’s too bad.


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Talking Hits To The Head

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s 30 GMs meet Monday through Wednesday in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., where the issue of hits to the head will be, as long ago advertised, the headliner.

“It’s like football: We have an issue with concussions, and the majority of concussions come from normal playing rules,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president and director of hockey operations, told ESPN.com over the weekend. “The game has changed, the game is faster, the players are bigger and faster. Our game is pretty clean, it’s cleaned up a lot over the decades, but the trouble is shoulders are now hitting heads with legal hits and causing concussions. So we have to look at that. We are going to examine all types of hits in detail. We have a wealth of hockey intelligence with our cross section of GMs, and our challenge is to take a hard look at this and see if it can be solved.”



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Covering The NHL

In a letter to the Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA.) a hockey fan wants more NHL coverage.  Their response-

...we understand the Kings are one of the top teams in the NHL and are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2001.

One of our most difficult challenges in the sports department on a daily basis is to balance the various interests of our readers.

From an in-depth high school and local sports report to college sports, the various pro leagues, auto racing, golf, tennis, soccer and horse racing, readers turn to us for the daily news that interests them.

In our diverse market, satisfying everyone is a challenging task as we try to slice up the sports section and please every reader.

Hockey still faces its own challenges as it tries to attract a fan base.

read on

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HNIC Hotstove Talk

from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,

The Hotstove segment began with an archived clip of Bettman, just prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, saying it doesn’t matter who plays in the gold-medal game — and that the result would have no bearing on future participation in the Games.

The Canada-U.S. matchup this year was a ratings bonanza for U.S. television. Last Sunday’s gold-medal matchup in Vancouver drew record audiences on both sides of the border and was the most-watched hockey game in the U.S. since 1980.

But the NHL is having trouble capitalizing on all the positive marketing scenarios. For example, the IOC rules didn’t allow enough time to adequately promote the players on each team, Healy said.

Broadcast restrictions are another major issue.

“I’d like to see the Crosby goal [again]. But there are so many regulations about showing that goal. The NHL can’t even bring [Crosby] into New York and show the goal while they do an interview with him. The IOC [is] not about fairness, and it’s time for them to buck up.”


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  Tags: 2014+winter+olympics

How Will The NHL Deal With Head Shots?

from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

When N.H.L. general managers convene for their annual three-day meeting Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., one item on the agenda will occupy most of their time: what, if anything, to do about hits to the head.
The general managers will see several presentations, one the result of two years of independent medical study, as they seek to make policy recommendations to the league on the controversial issue….

Concussions are a continuing problem in the N.H.L. But league executives have said they do not want to diminish physical play by passing rules that discourage players from risking accidental contact with an opponent’s head.

“The question really is, when a shoulder makes contact with the head, is that going to be termed illegal — because right now, it’s legal,” said Colin Campbell, the N.H.L. vice president for hockey operations, in confirming details of the Boca Raton meeting. “What do we do? Is there any way we can arrest the problem and reduce concussions?”

read on

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How To Improve The NHL

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

Have the players wear microphones

This is an idea formed by former NHL star Jeremy Roenick. Show a “Game of the Week” on ESPN or NBC or whatever as usual. That would be the PG version. Then strike a deal with a network such as HBO or Showtime to show the same game with audio from players wearing microphones. That would be the R-rated version. Make it uncensored; what they say is what you get….

Find a new commissioner

This isn’t meant to slam Gary Bettman, because he’s not as bad as many fans and media members think he is. But he has been on the job 17 years now, and it’s time for new blood, someone with fresh ideas and a different approach. Don’t hire an old-school hockey guy or someone in the NHL office. Owners need to think outside the box by going outside the “company.’’ Look to an up-and-coming whiz kid from another sport….


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Nothing Beats Winning The Cup

from Todd Davis of the Dallas Morning News,

Ken Hitchcock, the Stanley Cup-winning coach of the Dallas Stars for seven seasons, spoke with Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson of The Ticket’s Hardline after his stint as an assistant with Team Canada during the Olympics.

He was asked how winning the gold medal compares to a Stanley Cup.

“I’ve said this from Day 1, nothing compares to the Stanley Cup. This is a great award for the country; it’s a great award for Canada, but nothing compares to the Stanley Cup.


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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, team+canada

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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